You’re a True Missoulian When…

Missoula, Montana is one of a kind and so are the citizens. Outsiders don’t understand us and to be a true Missoulian is a title that must be earned. Students from The University of Montana compiled a list of instances only true Missoulians understand. To be considered a true Missoulian is a privilege, not a right.

1. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the only reason you grow a beard is to protect your face from freezing wind.   -Alexander Fuehrer

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2. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the features of your Subaru include a “Keep Missoula Weird” bumper sticker, a cracked windshield, and a year round ski rack and/or bike rack.    -Larke Stuart

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3. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you think Birkenstocks are real shoes.  -Christopher Clark

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4. You know you’re a true Missoulian when your own “short cuts” don’t really save you time.  -Katrina Thorness

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5. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you use the M as your point of direction instead of North. -Ryan Watson

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6. You know you’re a true Missoulian when some off your friends (not dropping names) know the happy hour schedule better than their own class schedule. -Connor Campbell

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7. You know you’re a true Missoulian when all your glassware consists of mason jars! -Miranda Fox

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8. You know you’re a true Missoulian when grown ups hula hooping in public to hippie music becomes a social norm. -Elizabeth McGee

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9. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you have out of control road rage when it takes you more than 15 minutes to get from one end of Missoula to the other.   -Kristina Carlino

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10. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you start drinking and enjoying Kombucha.   -Kelsi Laraway

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11. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the word “republican” becomes more like profanity than a political affiliation.    -Katherine Vincent

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12. You know you’re a true Missoulian when almost being run over by a biker no longer bothers you. -Becca Mulhill

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13. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you realize for the first time in your life you’re excited to wake up at a reasonable time on a Saturday to go buy fresh vegetables at the Farmers Market. -Scott Young

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14. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you can’t tell a homeless person apart from someone who is actually trendy.  -Rebecca Strellnauer

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15. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the saying, “my dog is my copilot” is taken quite literally.  -Josh Rhines

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16. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you defend the logic behind Missoula’s public roadways. -Bailey Chauner

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17. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you sunbathe while there are still big piles of snow in the ground.  -Jessie Mazur

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18. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you experience a lockdown, snow day, and falling boulders in only one month.  -Bailey Chauner

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19. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you and your buddies recite A River Runs Through It quotes when you’re fishing on the Blackfoot. -Connor Campbell

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20. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the sign of spring is the slack liners setting up shop in the trees. -Scott Young

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21. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the stocks dance-floor is a nightmare for you or friends’ past -Connor Campbell

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22. You know you’re a true Missoulian when every item in your closet matches and can go together in every season. -Elizabeth McGee

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23. You know you’re a true Missoulian when it seems normal for a man in deer pelts to yodel and play the accordion. -Spencer Sheehan

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24. You know you’re a true Missoulian when you will wait in a line of 30 people at Big Dipper…in the middle of winter.   -Josh Rhines

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25. You know you’re a true Missoulian when the idea of more than one freeway scares you. -Scott Young

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3 Replies to “You’re a True Missoulian When…”

  1. Number 21 is an image at a fraternity house at MSU Bozeman. True Missoulian indeed. FAAAAAAAAAAAAILLLLLL!

    1. Hey Bob,
      You’re right that is a fraternity in Bozeman, I’m impressed by your ability to identify it but just seeing the wall. This is one of my personal photos and although it is from Bozeman, it’s still a priceless snap of “a nightmare for you or friends’ past.”

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